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Visual Novel: Ascension
From left to right: Sky, Tillie, Jace, Aida, Faelern, Seena, and Zander.

Ascension is a free Visual Novel made by Rinmaru Games. The story takes place in a world called Arunia that is populated with 7 different races. The Main protagonist, Aida, and her best friend of six years, Sky, are investigating what Sky's mother's journals hold when they encounter some new friends and a 23 year old secret.

Ascension contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Aida most prominently, but Tillie and Sky have their moments.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Sky goes so far as to attack Aida in Chapter 2 because she believed she was dead
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Any of the 3 love interests Aida chooses in Chapter 2 will do this when they believe Aida is going to die.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: It is revealed that all Kaleiks have heavenly voices, and Blank White Eyes.
  • Badass Army: The Eagles and the Silver Order. Subverted by the Knight Order who were manipulated by the Eagles and masssacred.
  • Badass Crew: Aida's team. The Eagles also count.
  • Bishōnen: Most of the younger males in Ascension are very tall, thin and pretty, even The Big Guy Badass Normal Jace.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Aida's friends in chapter two, Seena (blonde), Sky (brunette), and Tillie (redhead).
  • Body Horror: The Silver Order's weapons are made from the molten, petrified flesh of unwanted Valondian civilians, they burn the flesh they touch, and being wounded by one of these will turn you into metal.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Aida and Sky, mainly because they're thieves at the beginning of the game.
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: This happens in Chapter 1 when Aida and Jace are imprisoned in the Eagles Hideout.
  • Coitus Ensues: In the third chapter, between Aida and the Love Interest chosen in the chapter.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Aida is subjected to this in the third chapter when she is captured by Kael.
  • Danger Deadpan: During every battle scene, there is a good amount of this in play.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Necromancy, the Black Magic, is implied to be this, and in the first chapter, if you discuss it with the librarian, she implies that to bring one back to life, you must take the life of another. Either way, practicing necromancy is a crime punishable by death in the Ascension verse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Aida has shades of this. Zander too, especially with Jace, Faelern, and Tillie.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Seena's father exiled her from her clan for rightfully slapping a kid insulting her father.
  • Drinking Contest: One occurs in the third chapter. If you win, you get a pair of blue earrings.
  • Elemental Powers: It is revealed by Sky that humans can learn magic by training to become an Alchemist, but they are limited to one elemental power to use.
  • Elves Versus Dwarves/Slobs Versus Snobs: During the party scene in the beginning of the third chapter, when you speak with Tillie, she alludes to this sort of thing, with Moon elves hiring dwarves to mine for them in Ildis.
  • Emotionless Girl: Female Nobles are this, while female Moon elves try to be this.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Aida is revealed to be the Crown Princess of Valond at the end of Chapter 2.
  • Faceless Mooks
  • Fanservice: Many of Aida's outfits are this.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Moon elves show this towards dwarven and Lith. It is implied that young Lith are taken in as slaves by Moon elves.
  • Fantasy World Map: Shows up in the loading pages when the team or Aida is travelling.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Aida has a single, diagonal scar on her stomach from Kael's attempt to kill her.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Sky and Aida
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: During the third chapter, the player meets some male prostitutes in The Silk.
  • Inhuman Emotion: Zander is prone to this as he is a Mage, and they are known have 10x greater emotions than other races.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Aida spends a good part of the second chapter avoiding her True Companions and would've never met up with them again if she hadn't run into Zander while in Taran because she believes she'd being hunted by the Eagles and doesn't want to endanger her friends. Zander calls Aida out on this
    Zander: To avoid the pain of losing anyone you care about...You made us suffer instead.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Many of the Ascension-verse males are this, including Zander, Faelern, Victor and Kole.
  • Luminescent Blush: Often with the protagonists, especially Zander and Aida.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Synius is the one who controls King Kael.
  • Mood Whiplash: During the ship scene of the third chapter, Aida goes from brawling with stray pirates to watching on the sidelines as Captain Nina chides the pirates and settles for a date with a pirate. The music even changes during this scene.
  • Mystical White Hair: Aida has this due to her Noble heritage.
  • Noodle Incident: For some reason, the events that happened in a place called "Appletown" are never fully explained, and Aida and Sky reportedly laugh whenever it is mentioned.
  • No One Could Survive That: All nobles who try to open the gates are killed. Aida survives
  • No Woman's Land: Ildis, as folk believe that women cannot control their emotions, and they either become subservient to men, or the more outspoken ones are objects of lust.
    • Inverted in Adeshia, where the men are looked down upon, and even sold into sex slavery.
  • Our Elves Are Better: The Moon and Sun elves.
  • Polyamory: Justified in Adeshia, as Adeshian people believe that people need great deals of affection and emotional support due to the strain of poverty.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits/True Companions: Aida and company
  • Seven Races: Humans, Moon elves, Sun elves, Dwarves, Lith, Kaleiks and Nobles
  • Shirtless Scene: Often, including Walking Shirtless Scene characters Faelern and Victor. Also, Zander if you speak with him during the first scene of the third chapter and use the "Cunning" option. There was much Squee-ing.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Valond, where the homeless and such are hidden away in dungeons.
  • The Stoic: The Nobles and most Moon elves are this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Aida bears a striking similarity to her mother, Queen Kathleen.
  • Training from Hell: If you speak to the librarian, Rin, in the first chapter about mages, she reveals that mages are starved, have induced nightmares,and such for months until they can use their magic without the risk of Power Incontinence. It's implied that many mages are Driven to Suicide from it.
  • Uncanny Valley: An in-universe example, the Nobles are said to be this, putting all non-Nobles at unease with their presence.
  • World Building: Very intricately developed, from differing views on sexuality, to various different types of magic and views regarding magic, to seven different races of people, to a rich history of Arunia's lands.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Most Nobles are emotionless "perfect soldiers".
  • You Are Not Alone: Aida is constantly being reminded of this throughout the chapters.
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